1963

By Kendra Baxter


Breaking news! 18 year old black male shot and killed by police…

Breaking news! 12 year old black male shot and killed by…

Breaking news! 17 year old black male shot and killed…

Breaking news!

It’s currently the present,

yet we’re living in the past

Earth’s clock is winding backwards

History repeating itself with each tick and tock

Dr. King’s dream, slowly fading from our vision

One hundred fifty-two years later

“The life of a negro is still sadly crippled

by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.”

One hundred fifty-two years later,

“the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society

and finds himself an exile in his own land.”

One hundred fifty-two years later,

People of color, tirelessly chant

“Black Lives Matter”

One hundred fifty-two years later,

Free at last? Free at last?

Dear God Almighty, we are not free at last.